This seminar is open to the public.
The cosponsored WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar, as it has developed since its inception in 1975, has focused on the political, economic, and social conditions in the Middle East. Because of the region's rich history and its cultural and social impact throughout the world, events in the Middle East have enormous ripple effects globally. Through presentations by scholars and practitioners, the seminar seeks to analyze the impact of such factors as poverty, gender, refugees, peacemaking, institution building, economic development, and international organizations on the people, states, and regional dynamics of the Middle East (and beyond) and their contribution to political and social change.
This academic year, the seminar will focus on the following areas: foreign policy in the Middle East; refugees and migrants as a growing humanitarian challenge; and the impact of climate change and resource scarcity in the region and the continued authoritarianism throughout the area. Given the level of regional instability, the seminar will also address the role of diplomacy in conflict resolution.